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My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

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Holland leaders approve power plant construction contract

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland leaders and a contractor have a deal for building the city's new natural gas power plant.

The City Council and the Board of Public Works announced Wednesday evening that they've approved an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to have Southfield-based Barton Malow design and build the Holland Energy Park facility.

This contract approval follows an engineering services agreement made in November, under which the BPW had Barton Malow begin the plant's preliminary engineering and come up with the EPC contract's final language.

Barton Malow's approved bid was for almost $145 million, but the BPW says it expects the final price to come in under the original $140 million budget. At the same time, the board did recommend approving $145 million just in case.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Holland neighbors fight graffiti by leaving lights on

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Neighbors are fighting back against vandals in Holland by sending a silent but powerful message.

A neighborhood group is asking people to keep their porch lights on overnight, in response to dozens of buildings being tagged with anti-police graffiti.

"It shows a lack of respect, graffiti in general, but especially on churches," says Andrew Spidahl, a neighborhood connector for the Washington School neighborhood.

During the day, the graffiti gets covered up, but at night, the neighborhood flips a switch to expose the problem.

"#shinedowngraffiti was kind of the hashtag we chose," says Spidahl.

The Washington School neighborhood group is one of two neighborhood groups in Holland asking residents to keep the lights on overnight. In the past few weeks, more than 50 buildings have been damaged with anti-police graffiti.

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Thief steals PS4 from Holland Walmart

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is looking for help finding a man who stole a gaming system from an area Walmart and tried to steal electronics from a nearby Best Buy.

On January 8, the suspect broke into a display case at the Walmart on North Park Drive and stole two PlayStation 4 gaming devices. An employee trying to stop him suffered minor injuries in the incident. Just before this robbery, the suspect attempted retail fraud at the nearby Best Buy store, but failed.

The suspect is described as being about 5'9" - 5'10" tall with a husky build.

Anyone with information should call Silent Observer at (877) 88-SILENT.

Small plane crashes at Tulip City Airport

HOLLAND, Mich (WZZM) - A pilot suffered minor injuries after a single engine plane crashed at Tulip City Airport in Holland. The airplane crashed on the runway around 1:40 p.m. Saturday.

Ottawa County dispatch says the pilot was treated on the scene for minor injuries. The airplane is still on the runway, it will be there until the Federal Aviation Authority gives approval for it to be removed.

We will have more details on the crash as soon as they become available.

Holland host 1st outdoor winter market

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Several hundred people enjoyed the weather by going to the first ever outdoor winter farmers market in Holland on Saturday.

Vendors from the area set up at the Eighth Street Market Place. They offered several products from fresh produce grown in greenhouses to eggs, potatoes, dry beans, and fresh bread. Vendors say the weather made it a great day to be at the market with their customers.

The winter farmer's market will make four more appearances in Holland, February 7th and 21st and March 7th and 21st.